We’ve always had a perception that Japanese food is a work of art. As we’ve seen Japanese chefs exhibit passion by delicately making different dishes, which makes it so interesting to eat and to learn about Japanese food. 2 Saturdays ago, we were in The Choice Awards event at SMX convention center. After having an eventful afternoon, our tummies started to grumble and good thing our friends were hungry too. So we decided to have dinner at a nearby restaurant. In this edition of EATSplorations, we will be sharing with you our Chibo Okonomiyaki- S Maison, SM Mall of Asia Complex EATSperience. Join us as we discover what Chibo has to offer.
Chibo Okonomiyaki at S Maison!
Black and brown interiors was what welcomed us upon entering. Each table has a steel tepanyaki grill where okonomiyaki can be cooked right infront of the diners. But what we loved about this restaurant more was the private room wherein you can see the chef preparing and cooking the dishes. And we were lucky that night as we were able have a dining EATSperience there.
Okonomiyaki, The Chibo-way…
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake that contains different ingredients, cooked in a grill. Okonomiyaki is mainly associated in Kansai or Hiroshima, but is also available in the whole of Japan. And this Japanese savory pancake has finally made its way here in Manila. Chibo has a chef from Japan, yes you read that right. How authentic and legit can the dishes be. And seeing the chef make the okonomiyaki first-hand is an EATSperience to remember. From preparing the grill, to slicing the meat, to pouring the batter and putting everything together—the hand movements and the technique used by the chef was extremely impressive. As he carefully and intricately made the okonomiyaki. Again, another validation that Japanese food is best made when passion and art is combined.
Chibo’s Gyoza, Yakisoba, and Teppanyaki!
We are used to having a stuffy gyoza that is shaped like a typical dumpling. But in Chibo, they have an unconventional gyoza. Their gyoza teppan is thin and cooked to a perfect crisp and the filling is really tasty.
Perfectly seasoned and tender beef cubes. We had a melt-in-your-mouth EATSperience with Chibo’s US beef tenderloin steak.
The tender slices of US angus beef short rib had a good balance of sweet and spicy flavors.
Seasoned with salt and pepper, the natural flavors of the different seafood was prominent in each bite.
If you love meat and seafood and not much of a veggie fan, this kind of okonomiyaki is for you. Mixed in a creamy batter, this kind has prawns, including the tasty head, silky scallops, and generous pieces of beef and pork. The sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and bonito flakes added to the flavor of the already tasty okonomiyaki.
If you want a more filling okonomiyaki, the Hiroshima Yaki is for you. This kind has noodles and egg apart from the different ingredients. This also has more texture in it. Aside from having the soft texture of the okonomiyaki, crunchy texture from the cabbage and bean sprouts are present in every bite as well.
And if you want to be adventurous when it comes to your okonomiyaki, Shirayukihime is for you. The different ingredients blended well in taste and in flavor. The cheese made it more savory and the light and fluffy meringue made this okonomiyaki interesting to eat.
It was indeed another fun EATSperience with this bunch and we will definitely comeback. This private room made it even more special as seeing the chef cook in front of us is like getting to know the food at a deeper level. Each dish had its own distinct quality but we have our personal favorites. We really loved the gyoza teppan, US beef tenderloin steak and Hiroshima yaki. So if you are planning your next lunch or dinner gathering, consider Chibo at SMaison and EATSperience quality Japanese Okonomiyaki and more. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations. Until next time!
Level 2, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
+632 898 3333
10:00am to 10:00pm (Mon-Sun)
Budget: 1200 php for two